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Memorial Title

Girl Guides War Work (Lost)

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a lost well dressing commemorating Girl Guides War Work during WW1, in the Bath Gardens, Bakewell, Derbyshire.
Images
Well dressing Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Locations
Last known location:
Bath Gardens
Rutland Square (A619)
Bakewell
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE45 1BT

NGR:
SK 217 685 (Estimated)
Location details:
The exact location within the gardens is not known.
Type
Overall type: Well dressing Overall condition: Lost


Description:

A traditional temporary well dressing tableau made from flowers and other vegetation pressed into clay held in a wooden frame.  The dressing comprised a central recessed oblong panel depicting a Girl Guide in blue uniform surrounded by a border listing typical work tasks. Two side panels bore cartouches of red and green sprays of poppies on a yellow ground, the top panel contained the main heading in blue capital block lettering on a grey ground with Girl Guide badges in the corners, and the bottom panel contained the group's title with dates to each side. A pediment, frieze and pair of finials bore the heading in red upright capital lettering, with dates and the Girl Guide motto in various colours. The well dressing was displayed from 30th June to 9th July 2018 and was subsequently dismantled.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Mosaic Plant material, clay c2400 c1200 c50 Lost
Frame Wood c2400 c1200 c50 Unknown
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
20 WW1 18
BE PREPARED
GIRL GUIDES
WAR WORK
FIRST AID . MESSENGERS FOR MI5 . NURSING
GROWING FOOD . CLOTHES PARCELS
CHILDCARE . FUND RAISING
1ST BAKEWELL
1914 BROWNIES & GUIDES 1918
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict First World War (1914-1919) Totals
Action Not stated
Number died 0 0
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 0 0
Administration
Custodian: 1st Bakewell Brownies and Guides

Local authorities:
From 1974: Bakewell Town Council; Derbyshire Dales District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
Spring 2018: The dressing was designed, made and erected by members and helpers from the 1st Bakewell Brownies and Guides.

30th June, 2018: The memorial was photographed by Glyn Williams.

1st July, 2018: The dressing was blessed by the local clergy.

10th July, 2018: The dressing was dismantled and the components salvaged for future use.
References
Comments
Well dressing details are available from the welldressing.com site run by Glyn Williams.

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